Heidi Klum portrait Photographed by Vital Agibalow for HENSEL Germany
Heidi Klum (pronounced [ˈhaɪ̯di ˈklʊm]; born June 1, 1973) is a German-American model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and occasional actress. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship.
Klum became internationally known for her appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1999, she became the first German model to become a Victoria’s Secret Angel. Following a successful modeling career, Klum became the host and a judge of Germany’s Next Topmodel and the reality showProject Runway which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008 and a win in 2013 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program (shared with co-host Tim Gunn). She has worked as a spokesmodel for Dannon and H&M, and has appeared in numerous commercials for McDonald’s, Volkswagen and others. In 2009, Klum became Barbie‘s official ambassador on Barbie’s 50th anniversary. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in movies includingBlow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), and made cameo appearances on The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Perfect Stranger (2007). She has also appeared on TV shows including Sex and the City, How I Met Your Mother, Desperate Housewives and Parks and Recreation. Currently, Klum is a judge on the NBC reality show America’s Got Talent.
In May 2011, Forbes magazine estimated Klum’s total earnings for that year as $20 million. She is ranked second on Forbes‘ list of the “World’s Top-Earning Models”, behind Gisele Bündchen. Forbes noted that since ending her 13-year run as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Klum has become more of a businesswoman than a model. She was married to English R&B singer Seal from 2005 until 2012.